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Township board also negates its own recent vote regarding attorney presence
As Cumberland County considers a six-month moratorium on the development of new wind farms, the group behind a proposed 100-megawatt project in the Wentworth Valley suggests a halt could kill the wind industry in that part of Nova Scotia.
Jefferson County is nearer to finalizing adjustments to laws governing wind farms. At a gathering of the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Committee held the night of Thursday, January 6, on the Jefferson County Courthouse, some adjustments to mentioned laws have been agreed upon. Others have been tabled till the subsequent assembly.
Upon hearing input from some of the newest members of the Maple Valley Township Planning Commission, commissioners voted Thursday to make a number of more restrictive changes to a draft wind energy ordinance.
More than 70 people attended a four-hour marathon public hearing by the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals on Thanksgiving Eve, and when it was over, requests from two solar energy companies to transform hundreds of acres of land in Axton into solar farms had been turned down.
Most of those changes were proposed by board member Emily Haxby, who has spearheaded changes to the regulations this year, making them more restrictive. Some of her changes that were approved included extending the setback requirement for commercial wind turbines from two times the height of the turbine to one mile from the property line of a nonparticipating landowner and lowering an allowance that turbines can exceed the maximum decibel level for a limited amount of time from five to three decibels.
The moratorium is scheduled to expire May 5 and is expected to give the Planning Board time to update the town’s outdated subdivision ordinance and draft regulations for commercial projects. The board wants to require a decommissioning plan and a visual impact assessment for solar and wind farms, according to officials.
The commission ended up voting 3-1 to approve a recommendation that the township’s board reject the ordinance they had spent months drafting. Horney, the sole no vote, said his opposition to the motion was merely procedural. ...The board ultimately rejected the solar rules at a meeting on Nov. 4, closing the door, at least for now, on solar projects in the township.
Last March, the Council refused the application due to concerns about an Air Corps flight path as well as ecological and road network issues. The refusal was appealed to An Bord Pleanála which has now upheld the decision.
The moratorium began Oct. 19 and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2022, unless the commissioners find the six-month period too brief or too long, at which point it can be shortened or extended.
The wind ordinance review, which resulted in the county suspending issuance of permits for the Alta Farms II wind project, prompted Enel Green Energy to sue the county. A judge ruled the county did not have the authority to deny the permits. Most permits for the project had already been issued when the suspension was implemented.
After more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote.
The Reno County Planning Commission agreed Tuesday to set a Nov. 18 public hearing on proposed changes to both the county’s Comprehensive Plan and its zoning regulations to prohibit commercial wind development in the zoned portions of the county. Also to be taken up at that meeting will be a proposal to create an overlay district for the remaining non-zoned portions of the county that would enable the county to regulate wind in those un-zoned areas in the future.
The Planning Board is asking developers of a proposed wind turbine project on Reynolds Road to increase the planned setback distances from neighboring properties, but developers say that could result in a greater disturbance to wetlands and the removal of trees. Borrego Solar is seeking approval to construct a single 4.3-megawatt wind turbine on approximately five acres of leased land out of a roughly 191.6-acre parcel located at 411 Reynolds Road.
In the current County Development Plan 546 square kilometres of land – the majority of it in north Kerry – is designated as suitable for wind turbines. If the new plan is approved by councillors this will be slashed to just 59 square kilometres. Council Management are also proposing to effectively recant its controversial 2012 Landscape Character Assessment of north Kerry which allowed for the erection of wind turbines across much of the region as it was deemed to have little or no scenic value.
Monday, Circle Power announced it was amending its Scotia Wind Project to place all 12 turbines in Adams Township. The plan had been to put four 575-foot turbines in Adams and the rest in Stanton Township.Circle Power partner Chris Moore said Tuesday the project layout would not have been able to accommodate a 3,000-foot setback in Stanton Township, which he anticipated the township would put into place.
Winnebago County supervisors continue to do their homework and due diligence when it comes to the Worthwhile Wind Project of Invenergy proposed for Worth and Winnebago Counties.
Citizens for the Preservation of Washington County hosted a community meeting last Wednesday, September 22 at the Akron Senior and Community Center to discuss the proposed wind turbine regulations in the county.
The Reno County Commission agreed in a surprise move Tuesday to issue a moratorium on the development of commercial wind farms in Reno County through the end of the year and look at banning them in the zoned areas of the county.
Stark County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a moratorium halting energy development in the county for 9 months, taking effect Monday.